OU marks Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with mulberry tree planting

Mrs Jean Jefcoate, Roger Jefcoate, CBE, DL, Lucian Hudson, Alan Marham, Grounds and Safety Manager OU Estates

Mrs Jean Jefcoate, Roger Jefcoate, CBE, DL, Lucian Hudson, Alan Marham, Grounds and Safety Manager OU Estates

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THE Queen’s Diamond Jubilee has been marked with a mulberry tree planting in the grounds of The Open University campus at Walton Park, Milton Keynes.

The idea to plant the commemorative tree on Mulberry Lawn, was initiated by Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire Roger Jefcoate, a tree enthusiast and OU honorary graduate. He planted the tree last Wednesday lunchtime, accompanied by his wife.

Director of Communications at The Open University, Lucian Hudson, said: “It was Roger’s suggestion that the OU could celebrate the Jubilee in this way, a perfect coming together of his official function as a Deputy to Her Majesty’s representative in the county, the Lord-Lieutenant; his long association with the OU, including being an honorary Graduate, and his celebrated passion for arboriculture.”

The black mulberry (Morus Nigra) was supplied by tree specialists Barcham, tree growers to Her Majesty, and was selected by Estates as being drought tolerant.